Iris R. Weiss

Iris R. Weiss is President of Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI), a contract research firm in Chapel Hill, NC specializing in science and mathematics education research and evaluation. She has had extensive experience in survey design and analysis, and in mathematics and science education evaluation and policy research. Dr. Weiss received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Cornell University, a Master's Degree in Science Education from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Before establishing HRI in 1987, Dr. Weiss was Senior Educational Research Scientist at the Research Triangle Institute (RTI). While at RTI, she directed numerous education research, development, and evaluation projects, including the 1977 and 1985-86 National Surveys of Science and Mathematics Education. Shortly before leaving RTI, Dr. Weiss conducted an assessment of policy options available to NSF for helping to improve middle school science education.

Dr. Weiss has directed many of HRI's research, development, and evaluation projects and is responsible for quality control of all operations. She has provided consultation to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Dr. Weiss participated in the evaluation of NSF's model middle school mathematics and science teacher preparation and Triad curriculum programs, and served on the assessment working group for the National Standards of Science Education. She has also been involved in the evaluation of a wide variety of mathematics/science professional development programs. Dr. Weiss is currently Principal Investigator of a knowledge management and dissemination project for NSF's Math-Science Partnership program, and Co-PI of a project to develop measures of teacher and student learning in science.

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